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The Team

Who We Are

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Leanne

SCERTS and Community Access Lead

I am the co-founder of ‘The Willows’ and SEN teacher. I qualified as a SEN teacher in 2005.   I am a specialist teacher in Autism, ADHD and other Neuro-diversities. I have experience working across a range of ages from 4 to 25.  My specialties include supporting children and young adults with a range of sensory needs and complex behaviour. 

I have dedicated my career to supporting young people in achieving their potential through a person-centred approach.  My main priority is always happiness and enjoyment for all!

Hayleigh

S&L and Communication Lead

I am also the co-founder of ‘The Willows’ and a qualified SEN Support worker.  I have worked within the SEN field for the last 35 years.  For 15 years I have worked in a community setting and the remaining 20 years in SEN schools predominantly with young people with ASD and emotional dysregulation.   

I am passionate and caring but also a touch crazy! I love creating a fun atmosphere where all learners are engaged and able to reach their full potential.  

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Amy

Support Worker & Sports Lead

I am a kind, friendly and outgoing member of the team.  I have worked in SEN for 10 years in both schools and community settings. 

I have experience in supporting young adults with complex needs.  I offer a calm and empathetic approach!

I am full of energy and love to share this with the young people I work with through fun and engaging physical activities. 

I am trained in Sensory circuits and Sensory Integration and understand the  importance of physical stimulation on our mental health and wellbeing. 

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Terry

Art Specialist Volunteer

I have over 30 years experience working with children and adults with SEN.

I have a passion for Art.  Art comes in many forms and allows us to express ourselves through creativity,  

Art has no rules and nobody can fail.

I love to share my enthusiasm for art with others by creating a fun and engaging environment where all learners can enjoying expressing their ideas in a variety of different forms.

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Trudi

Support worker & Well-being advisor 

I have been lucky enough to spend the last 30 years working with the most wonderful children and adults with additional needs.

During this time I have trained in various holistic therapies.

I am a certified yoga and breathworks teacher, a Reiki master and meditation and mindfulness practitioner. 

I take pride in being able to bring a sense of wellbeing and calm to the young people I work with.  

Our skills and qualifications include;

  • SCERTS  (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional supports) 

  • TEACCH specialist 

  • PECs and Makaton trained (to insure a total communication approach)

  • Sensory Integration and Sensory Circuits

  • Proact SCIP

  • First Aid, Epilepsy and Safeguarding 

We have the knowledge, skills and qualifications to provide a specialist, personalised provision for all.

We understand the importance of a well organised, structured environment, with visual supports and emotional regulation strategies embedded. 

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